COMICS REWIND: 5 Great Creator-Owned Works

- 05-06-12Comics Posted by Matthew Jackson

(Welcome to Comics Rewind, a weekly column devoted to discovering – or re-discovering – great comics published some time in the past. Here you will find looks back at comics published in every era, from the Golden Age to the Modern Age, as well as retrospectives on the work of important comics writers, lists of “essential” comics, and evaluations of important works, as well as works worthy of a second look or a wider audience. Enjoy!)

I was casting about all week for what I should write about this time out, and other stuff got in the way, most notably the talk on futures studies I was asked to give this morning that I then had to research and outline. I didn’t really have a fully loaded single entry in the pipeline, but then I thought about The Avengers and I realized we are giving a hell of a lot of love to corporate comics this month, aren’t we? So I figured it couldn’t hurt to throw some love to the little guy.

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COMICS REWIND – ‘Fear Agent: Re-Ignition’

- 02-26-12Comics Posted by Matthew Jackson


(Welcome to Comics Rewind, a weekly column devoted to discovering – or re-discovering – great comics published some time in the past. Here you will find looks back at comics published in every era, from the Golden Age to the Modern Age, as well as retrospectives on the work of important comics writers, lists of “essential” comics, and evaluations of important works, as well as works worthy of a second look or a wider audience. Enjoy!)

Tell me if this has happened to you: You read or watch a piece of sci-fi that you find ridiculously awesome, and you want to tell your friends about it. You hand it to them to experience for themselves, and a couple of days later they come back to you with something like this: “But dude, the robot on page 233 couldn’t exist because he didn’t have any kind of sustainable power source.” I can hear the groans of familiarity from here, cats and kittens. Don’t get me wrong, it’s part of our job as fanboys/girls to nitpick, but I submit to you that unless it’s in some way truly significant to the plot, a detail like that shouldn’t get in the way of a good story. It’s science fiction. Let NASA worry about how robots work and let the storytellers make up any kind of robot they want. Fear Agent is a comic book series deliberately written to ignore much of the “science” in science-fiction in favor of telling a kickass story. Reading this, you won’t hear any mumbo-jumbo about how the rockets work or who developed the lasers or where the robots’ circuitry came from. And you won’t care, because this is a book that knocks the nit-pickers on their asses.

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